Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Understanding COM takes time and energy. I can say with great confidence that there is always more to learn. However, as with most technologies, COM does provide a core body of knowledge that works as the backbone for just about everything else. For example, once you understand the building blocks of interfaces, coclasses, class factories, and COM binaries, the foundation is laid for numerous related aspects of COM, such as the ActiveX control, distributed COM, and connectable objects (just to name a few).